SHILLONG, March 13 - Top athletes of the world would fail to get themselves recruited in Meghalaya police if they undergo the unrealistic physical standards set by the force.
Meghalaya police in a recent advertisement for 1,425 vacancies has announced that female candidates wishing to get recruited in the armed branch has to run three kms in �seven minutes or less.� Anyone who completes the race a second later than 14 minutes would be automatically disqualified.
Bringing this advertisement to the notice of the House while moving a Special Motion, Paul Lyngdoh from Opposition United Democratic Party, said, even the top Olympians have not been able to break into the seven minute mark in the 3,000 metres or three km race.
Reading out the performance of top athletes in the 3,000 metre race over the years, Lyngdoh said, in 1974 the first official record in the race was set by Lyudmila Bragina from the erstwhile Soviet Union with a timing of 8.52 minutes. She bettered her timing again in 1976 finishing the race in 8.27 minutes.
As recent as 1993, Wang Junxia of China set a world record with a timing of 8.06 minutes, Lyngdoh informed the House. �These were champion women athletes and the chairman of the central recruitment board, Meghalaya police expects women candidates to do better than these world class athletes.�
�Are we recruiting women police or athletes to the Olympics?� Lyngdoh asked causing howls of laughter in the House.
The UDP legislator further stated that according to the new recruitment rules, the Chairman has stated that the candidates can apply for just one of the various categories for which advertisement was put out.
Lyngdoh was of the opinion that if a candidate is qualified for the several posts than they should be given the option to apply for any number of the posts.
Moreover, there was also a condition in the advertisement where it was stated that candidates should be able to speak, read and write one of the �regional� languages of the State.
Lyngdoh asked when was such a Bill or Act passed in the Legislature recognising a �regional language� of the State. �We would like to know what the regional languages of the State are,� Lyngdoh said adding,� we need to police the police or else they would come up with such ludicrous, absurd advertisements.�
Replying to the legislator, Home Minister Roshan Warjri assured that all the matters raised by him would be examined and �appropriate action would be taken.�
�If mistakes occurred in the advertisement these would be corrected,� she assured the House. To the suggestion of Lyngdoh that the recruitment process be kept on hold due to the faulty conditions set by Meghalaya police, Warjri said she would seriously look into the matter.